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Many cousins of Nollywood

By Madu Chikwendu Failure is an orphan and success has many cousins. This is an English adage, but when transplanted to Africa and Nigeria in particular, where you are your “brother’s keeper” (take it or leave it), then you can imagine the number of relations Brand Nollywood has suddenly acquired over the last few years. Put in a dash of ...

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Emeka Mba and the triumph of diginaijation (2)

By Madu Chikwendu The broadcast sector remains part of the Nigerian economy, with its attendant problems. There is the need to look at infrastructure that would support this new initiative, starting with power. This has remained epileptic, with electricity supply of 3,200 mega watts as at March 2014. How did the telecommunications companies overcome this problem? Insecurity, which in this ...

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Emeka Mba and the triumph of diginaijation

By Madu Chikwendu Last weekend in Sun Valley , Idaho USA media moguls including the likes of 21st Century Fox Chairman, Rupert Murdoch, debated the future of broadcasting sponsored by investment bankers Booz, Allen & Co. Other heavyweights in attendance include, Time Warner Chairman, Jeff Bewkes, Disney Chairman, Robert Iger, CBS Corp. Chief, Leslie Moonves, Viacom CEO, Philippe Dauman and DreamWorks Animation CEO, ...

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Cannes: Still waiting for a Nigerian winner

By Madu Chikwendu On May 26, the Steven Spielberg-led jury announced Blue is the Warmest Color, by Tunisian born  Abdellatif Kechiche, as winner of the Palm d’Or. The Palm d’Or is the most prestigious prize awarded  by Festival de Cannes,  arguably the worlds biggest film festival. Within the film festival circuit, it could be likened to the world cup. The ...

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NFC, NFVCB, Oronsaye and the deep blue sea

By Madu Chikwendu The Oronsaye committee has recommended the full fledged commercialisation of Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), for the sister agency, National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB), it decreed a fate “worse than death”, loss of autonomy and a reversion to directorate status under Ministry of Information .This directionless directives reflects the tragicomedy of administration in Nigeria. Indeed it reminds ...

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Reel Illiteracy

By Madu Chikwendu While in Aba, Abia State, recently on a visit, a very disillusioned citizen screamed to my hearing: “They are all Boko Haram …they condemn Boko Haram but when you visit any form of evil or wickedness on your neighbour you are a terrorist”. This may be stretching the imagination but there is a fundamental issue…we have become a ...

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Many cousins of Nollywood

By Madu Chikwendu Failure is an orphan and success has many cousins. This is an English adage, but when transplanted to Africa and Nigeria in particular, where you are your “brother’s keeper” (take it or leave it), then you can imagine the number of relations Brand Nollywood has suddenly acquired over the last few years. Put in a dash of ...

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Genius, irrationality, genes

By Madu Chikwendu According to online edition of The Guardian of London “Kenneth Heilman and his team at the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience at Cornell University discovered that the brains of artistically creative individuals have a particular characteristic that may enhance creativity. The brain is divided into two halves, or hemispheres, that are joined by a bundle of fibres called the corpus callosum. Writers, ...

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Dane guns can kill …swimming on dry land

By Madu Chikwendu On May 29, 2014 Democracy Day, Borno State Secretary to the Government (SSG), Ambassador Baba Jidda (a very eloquent gentleman) dragged Nollywood into the fray. According to him the Federal Government has spent less than 300 million on the crisis but the same Federal Government has given billions to Nollywood! Time and space do not permit me to ...

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Media giants and paper tigers

By Madu ChikwenduIn Recent times three announcements may have created hope that the global media order long skewed in favour of the west may finally achieve the long desired balance. Newspaper baron Nduka Obaigbena announced plans for Arise TV…a global news station operating out of London and other western capitals. Nigerian terrestrial broadcaster TVC only recently launched TVC News… a ...

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Of movies and terrorism (3)

By Madu Chikwendu “The Selous Scouts were officially credited with either directly or indirectly  …responsible for 68% of all terrorists killed –while losing less than forty scouts in the process “. The official Selous Scouts website brashly declares “Welcome to the Selous Scouts …once the most feared counter insurgency force on the African continent “. “Men fighting a counter insurgency ...

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Of movies and terrorism (2)

By Madu Chikwendu I would like to see a street named after a private who has distinguished himself in action. Surely Nigeria must have its own version of the British Victoria Cross and the US Purple Heart? The highest  honour for heroism in those countries. Heroes perform extraordinary feats of daring and courage far and beyond the ordinary. Consider the legendary ...

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Of movies and terrorism (1)

By Madu Chikwendu Is there any possible link between movies and terrorism? Against the background of the increasing boldness of the Boko Haram insurgents it may be necessary to introspect on this matter. There are actually two dimensions “insurgency” and “counter insurgency”. The Impossible Spy, a 1987 movie by Jim Godard is a movie that deals with a classic strategy ...

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Bold, new steps from Export Council

By Madu Chikwendu On Monday April 14  2014, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), raised the bar in the race to promote non oil export via a stakeholders’ forum at Sheraton Hotel and Towers Ikeja Lagos Tagged: One-day Stakeholders’ Forum in the Nigerian Entertainment Industry, the forum brought together key stakeholders in the sector and ended with a communiqué.  A unique ...

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Much ado about rebasing

By Madu Chikwendu “On Saturday April 5, South Africa was Africa’s largest economy …at $354billion …Sunday afternoon, that had changed …Nigeria’s GDP was $509billion” – The Economist. This is not the juicy part. The most relevant part is where The Economist declares: “ Motion pictures had not shown up at all in the old figures but the industries size is ...

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Dudun and metaphoric Sarah

By Madu Chikwendu My mother’s name is Sarah and is close to my mother so if you mention that name around me be sure I will take note. You can then imagine how I feel about the tragic death of camera assistant, Sarah Jones, in Atlanta USA. Sarah Jones, was hit by a train while filming scenes for the film Midnight ...

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Cannes: Still waiting for a Nigerian winner

By Madu Chikwendu On May 26, the Steven Spielberg-led jury announced Blue is the Warmest Color, by Tunisian born  Abdellatif Kechiche, as winner of the Palm d’Or. The Palm d’Or is the most prestigious prize awarded  by Festival de Cannes,  arguably the worlds biggest film festival. Within the film festival circuit, it could be likened to the world cup. The ...

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Two war chiefs: A Duke and Vampires from Heart of Darkness

By Madu Chikwendu Regrettably I must differ from Fidelis. One year has not been wasted. This is the first time in the history of FEPACI that the organisation is getting guaranteed institutional funding of one million dollars a year! That is seven million United States dollars in seven years as opposed to a mere $1.2m  bits and pieces from South ...

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Two war chiefs: A Duke and Vampires from Heart of Darkness

Madu Chikwendu , Email: madu@maduc.org  There are two pieces involved in this title…Joseph Conrads 1899 novella Heart of Darkness .This novella describes Africa as being the heart of darkness and would later inspire a war movie “ Apocalypse Now “ (1979 ) by Francis Ford Coppola. It was a reference to the primitive and undeveloped nature of the mother continent. The ...

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A nation of actors

By Madu Chikwendu Iconic playwright and dramatist, William Shakespeare, is celebrated for his many works including the comedy “As You like It”. He differentiates between a comedy of manners and comedy of errors. Errors and omissions insurance is a very key element in international filmmaking. Producers have their ears twisted and they are warned ominously to always have their errors and ...

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Digital revolution and the new world order

By Madu Chikwendu I battled between inserting “social media” and/or “new media’ in the title of this piece but I had a challenge with capturing my primary area (digital filmmaking). I have nothing against social media; in fact I am actually a big fan. My better half, Daisy Madu-Chikwendu, CEO Clout Media Ltd, organisers of Women in Media Conference and ...

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Any coach would have dropped me, Agbim confesses

Super Eagles’ Assistant Keeper, Chigozie Agbim

Super Eagles’ Assistant Keeper, Chigozie Agbim, attracted attention of Nigerian football fans owing to his shaky start at the concluded CHAN championship in South Africa. In this chat with our correspondent, Tony Ezimakor, in Abuja, he gives a full account of his involvement in the national team and his future plans. It was a difficult outing for you in South ...

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PorNowood: Between the soft and hard

By Madu Chikwendu “Playhouse open for children 10am – 4.00 pm for training in children film …adult films also available”. I have long maintained that in my own dictionary an illiterate is not merely one who did not receive western education. Recall that Islam was around in Africa long before Christianity thanks to the Trans-Saharan trade routes (which also brought ...

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Nollywood cauldron and lessons from Ngwaland

By Madu Chikwendu I have chosen to use the world “cauldron” because I grew up reading a lot of folktales and fairy tales. I guess it would have been more poignant to talk about listening to folktales under the starry skies. I regret I have to disappoint you because I didn’t grow up in my village; a mere 10 to ...

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Drums of war

By Madu Chikwendu Whereas the global cinema industry is agog with the award season which generally culminates in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards otherwise known as the Oscars, it is election season in Nollywood…or is it? So far only Association of Movie Producers (AMP) has announced an election timetable. Mum has been the word from other ...

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